The old bonus scheme at Manchester United was allegedly revealed when a former player’s contract was leaked.
The Daily Mail claimed that according to the whistleblowing blog Football Leaks, Manchester United players in the first team squad would be awarded bonuses for winning or coming runners up in domestic football competitions: The Premier League, FA Cup and the Football League Cup. This is in addition to large bonuses for progressing to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League and even larger bonuses still if they progressed further. Were Manchester United to have won the Champions League in the 2009/2010 football season the bonus would have been worth a total of £5,250,000 between the squad.
A total bonus payment of £2.25m was allegedly made to players in the first team squad in the 09/10 season. The Premier League giants reportedly dished out £2.25m in bonuses for coming second in the Premiership, getting knocked out in the Champions League Quarter Finals and winning the League Cup.
This information was extracted from the leaked employment contract of the centre forward, Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, better known as Bebé, despite the fact he only started playing for the club the following season. The Independent implied that the inclusion of the reward structure means that bonuses were set to be the same as 09/10 in the 10/11 season.
Sporting benchmarks are common for bonuses. This year the Denver Broncos American football quarterback Peyton Manning was awarded $2m for reaching the Superbowl and another $2m for winning it.
In other lines of work non-discretionary bonuses may be tied to reaching specific financial targets or completing certain tasks. When negotiating your contract, it is useful to be very clear on what you have to do in order to achieve a certain bonus. If your non-discretionary bonus is not paid you could have a legal claim against your employer.
However, if your bonus is a discretionary one, which is more common in banking, trading and senior executive roles, then it can be more complicated. That is not to say that you don’t have a right to complain if your bonus is withheld or is lower than you were expecting, but it can be harder to prove that there has been a breach of contract.
If you find yourself in this situation you should contact a lawyer with experience in pay and bonus disputes.
The employment law solicitors for work pay and bonus disputes at Slater and Gordon Lawyers can provide immediate representation for work pay issues and bonus disputes. Call us on freephone 0800 916 9060 anytime 24/7 or alternatively, contact us online.